Apple Cider Old Fashioned

This Apple Cider Old Fashioned is fall in a glass. Belly-warming bourbon is balanced out with sweet apple cinnamon flavors for your new favorite fall cocktail.

Disclaimer: This post and recipe was created for #FallFlavors. I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.

Side view of apple cider old fashioned. Glass set on a square of brown burlap on a black background, with half an apple in the background

Cheers! It’s Friday and you made it though another week. If you drink, you enjoy a glass of wine, a cold beer, or your favorite cocktail. Don’t drink? You deserve to spend an hour however you’d like – enjoying dinner or a movie with friends, alone in a quiet house with a good book… 

But in all seriousness, the weeks lately have felt longer and longer and while I’m usually one to grab a glass of wine and be happy, I do enjoy a good cocktail. Thankfully my neighbors do too, so I have been trying lots of tasty beverages, including some I wouldn’t normally try myself.

Overhead view of apple cider old fashioned. Glass set on a square of brown burlap on a black background, with half an apple next to the glass

To finish up #FallFlavors week, I am bringing you an Apple Cider Old Fashioned. This isn’t a cocktail that you can make on the fly, as it does take a bit of forethought (mainly making the cinnamon brown sugar simple syrup), but it was my go-to cocktail last fall. And will be this fall too. Because it really is fall in a glass for me. The cinnamony apple cider flavors and belly-warming bourbon are like being wrapped in a cozy blanket. The sweet apple cider balances out the strong bourbon well, so if a traditional old fashioned is a bit strong for you, this fall twist might be a good alternative. I felt like I was indulging in the most wonderful fall treat (made all the better when I could sneak away with one while losing myself in a good book!). 

Recipe Notes for Apple Cider Old Fashioned:

  • I used homemade brown sugar cinnamon simple syrup in this recipe. If you don’t want to make your own, you can use a brown sugar simple syrup or substitute 1 tsp. water and 1 tsp. brown sugar in this recipe – it just won’t have the extra cinnamon flavor. 
  • While you can use normal ice cubes, large spheres melt slower and therefore don’t water down your drink as much. A mold isn’t terribly expensive and was a good investment for us. We have one like this (affiliate link).

Side view of apple cider old fashioned. Glass set on a square of brown burlap on a black background, with half an apple in the background

Don’t forget to scroll below the recipe and check out the other recipes my blogging friends are sharing today (or search #FallFlavors on social media), and enter to win one of the prizes from our sponsors. Winners will be announced this weekend!

Have a wonderful weekend! And if you make one of these Apple Cider Old Fashioned, I’d love to hear what you thought! 

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Side view of apple cider old fashioned. Glass set on a square of brown burlap on a black background, with half an apple in the background

Apple Cider Old Fashioned

This Apple Cider Old Fashioned is fall in a glass. Belly-warming bourbon is balanced out with sweet apple cinnamon flavors for your new favorite fall cocktail.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 Drink
Calories 171 kcal
Author Liz

Ingredients

Ingredients for the Cocktail

  • orange peel
  • 1 1/2 tsp. brown sugar cinnamon simple syrup (link above)
  • 2 oz. apple cider
  • 1 1/2 oz. bourbon
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • ice
  • apple slice, cinnamon stick, or additional orange peel optional, as a garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, muddle orange peel and simple syrup to release flavors.

  2. Add cider, bourbon, bitter and ice. Stir gently.

  3. Garnish with an apple slice, cinnamon stick, or additional piece of orange peel, if desired. Serve immediately.

This Apple Cider Old Fashioned is fall in a glass. Belly-warming bourbon is balanced out with sweet apple cinnamon flavors for your new favorite fall cocktail.

More #FallFlavors Recipes:

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2 thoughts on “Apple Cider Old Fashioned”

  1. 5 stars
    This was the perfect drink after a long week, the warm, inviting flavors screamed fall. Thanks for a great recipe!

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